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Will Security Token Offerings (STO) take over crypto market in 2019?

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Will Security Token Offerings (STOs) eclipse ICOs success?

Panic, panic, panic.

A single word that dictated the state of Crypto affairs in 2018.

 

Market crash graphThe market has dropped to 100 Billion mark. Most people are calling it quits and declaring Crypto dead. For many projects, that proclamation of death is true. They may not survive this liquidity crisis. For those that whether this bear winter, SEC may greet them on the other side with hefty fines, or worse.

One of the reasons SEC is going after projects that raised money using ICOs is because of the securities laws. Instead of trying to circumvent these laws – what if the crypto market embraces the securities laws?

That is the thought behind Security Token Offerings (STOs).

Most businesses are staying away from raising money using ICO model, in spite of it being easy and inexpensive, because of the headaches from Securities board. However, if you find a way to be compliant with regulatory requirements and issue securities using the ICO model, it will bring a lot of legitimate businesses and investors to this space.

Difference between the traditional stock market and Security Tokens

The existing capital market is very restrictive.

You have to be a millionaire or a venture capitalist to get on the ground floor of an exciting opportunity. The common man has no shot at getting in on the action during early stages.  Raising capital through traditional capital markets is very expensive. PwC’s report indicates that the costs can easily run into millions.

Below table summarizes big differences between traditional capital market and security tokens.

Difference between Security Token Offerings (STOs) and the traditional capital market

STO

Capital Market

Micro-investments possibleRestricted to Accredited Investors and Venture Capitalists
Very inexpensive to offer Security TokensCosts could run into millions
Online management of Investor communication and share registry possibleMaintaining ownership records is pretty outdated and expensive
Automated dividends distribution is possibleSophisticated third-party vendors required to manage dividends distribution
Numerous customization options based on the needPretty restrictive
Open to worldwide markets

Geography restrictions apply

Security Token Offerings are a perfect intersection of Cryptos and traditional stock markets

crypto and traditional stock marketsExisting methods of raising capital are very restrictive as to who can access it and what they can offer. However, security markets have gone through a lot of trials and errors and hard lessons to build investor protection protocols.

Cryptos were made accessible to everyone irrespective of economic stature, however, when investors got scammed, there was no good recourse to recover the funds.

Security Tokens have the potential to be accessible to everyone, help tokenize anything of value while addressing the investor protection concerns by adhering to the Securities laws.

STOs will bring legitimacy to the crypto space
Security Token Offerings and their legitimacy

Right now, people who have invested in ICOs have no claim of ownership. They are purely speculating on the ‘hope’ of increase in demand and value of the tokens they bought in.

Security tokens will be different, in that, they will offer ownership rights in the company, power to vote, participate in decisions of the company, receive dividends and sell their shares to someone else who will then have similar rights.

Bragging rights of ICOs for raising billions of dollars will look like a joke once STOs go full throttle. Some industry experts expect STOs to be a multi-trillion-dollar industry. Dan Tapscott, the author of Blockchain Revolution, sayslikely to explode in value, are security tokens, Cryptoassets that represent financial assets, such as stocks, bonds, and future contracts.



Big guys are creating platforms to enable STO exchanges

tZero and Coinbase are building platforms that will enable STO exchange. This will bring the credibility and access that is needed for the Security Tokens to become mainstream.

Security Token Offerings exchangesCompanies like Fidelity that manage investments in the Trillions will hesitate to put any money through existing crypto exchanges, however, if an enterprise-grade solution is offered by tZero or Coinbase – they will definitely look into them. Remember, Fidelity and other investment institutions have to offer new investment vehicles on their platforms since Millennials are shying away from stocks and traditional investments.

It is imperative for these giants to welcome new investment class to continue to be relevant in a decade or two from now. Getting reliable platforms to this space will help the old timers make the leap.

STOs just might make up for what Cryptos lacked

What lacked in crypto space was a mainstream platform that looked, felt and operated the way securities and traditional trading platforms did.

understanding crypto and stosPeople have a hard time understanding how something that is created by a computer code could have any value. And how someone can assign a value to something that is not backed up by an asset or ownership rights.

That is where Security Tokens are going to be different.

They are going to offer ownership, voting, asset allocation, or other rights (all or few or selected, however it is designed) to the investors. Now investors will have the incentive to buy a security token. The advantage to the companies is that they will have access to capital from micro investors as well – they don’t have to impress someone from Wall Street or Venture Capital firm, they just have to impress a common joe that wants to put in his/her spare change into an idea.

Projects are lining up to cater STO market

Polymath promised a lot to this space, we are yet to see anything concrete from them.  WeOwn has already built an app that is ready to use including their share registry. At the time of this writing, PrefLogic is working its way around securities laws to become a legitimate STO platform in the United States market.

While tZero, Coinbase and eventually NASDAQ may provide a place to trade security tokens on their platforms, the projects mentioned above are the ones that are going to act as a bridge between investors and ideas.

What can we expect in 2019 and forward?

Security Token Offerings market in 2019

During the first half of 2019, we will see companies like tZero and Coinbase offer platforms that will enable trading Security Tokens. These Security Token platforms will not only cater to new STOs but also existing crypto projects that will be forced to adhere to securities laws.

Once Bitcoin smart contracts are enabled using RSK protocol, we might even see STOs launched on Bitcoin blockchain.

There will be a transition of sorts in the second half of 2019 where more and more big brand names will seek STOs to raise capital. Once mainstream businesses realize how inexpensive and easy it is to raise capital using STO platforms – they will start flocking to this platform eventually, probably not in 2019. This will just be the beginning. Once this model becomes mainstream – we will witness trade volumes move from Millions to Billions into Trillions in the space. And most of that money will be made up of spare change from common folks.

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Cryptocurrency – just hearing the name – can spark discussion topics on how innovative and controversial it is. However, nowadays, there seems to be a consensus that blockchain – the technological backbone of every form of cryptocurrency – is the former. The latter part of the discussion comes from the fact that cryptocurrency is still new, and needs more improvement, before it can actually be considered a wildly-accepted type of commercial (public) currency.

On the bright side, companies like Google and Goldman Sachs have already started to invest in various blockchain firms. And, it’s expected that sometime in the future, more big-name companies will follow suit, if cryptocurrency succeeds. Therefore, data centers and cloud hosting services must be ready to serve these new blockchain-based companies, as well as their needs, in the coming years.

So, you may be wondering: How did we get here? 

How Did It Start?

Modern blockchain started in 2008 with Bitcoin, which is a peer-to-peer Electronic Cash System. This white paper was a form of cryptocurrency that could live on a distributed network without any centralized authority; and blockchain is the technical backbone of that system, or a distributed digital ledger or database for it. No central authority will be able to manipulate the blockchain, since the whole network contributes to its creation and maintenance.

How It Works

In blockchain, two parties will make a transaction, to which they advertise it to the network. Then, various network nodes pick up multiple transactions, and arrange them into blocks. Afterwards, miners will use computers to add this block to the ledger (or blockchain).

Now, in order to add these blocks to the blockchain, the task requires a lot of computing power. Why? Because each of these blocks come with a sort of attached mathematical puzzle. And, to solve these puzzles, they need computing resources. But don’t worry: these puzzles are what miners are interested in, because they’re usually rewarded with tokens, just for adding a block to the blockchain.

Before the existence of blockchain though, business transaction would’ve been made through a trusted third-party company (i.e. a bank or a government institution), in order to guarantee the integrity of a transaction between two parties. However, blockchain eliminates that need by opening up the possibility for business transactions between parties worldwide, without the need for any financial or government institutions to step in. 

What Blockchain Means For GPUs

The need for blockchain means elevated demand for graphical processing units (or GPUs). As blockchain calculates, miners will have to provide enough computing power for it. And, as cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based applications become more popular, the higher the demand for computing power. That’s where GPUs come in, since blockchain-based calculations are best performed on these units. 

Data centers and cloud-hosting services will also have to look into AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards, in order to better serve the blockchain market; however, these graphics cards can be pricey. And, they’ll have to better optimize their infrastructure to be GPU-compatible.

Concerns?

The most controversy that cryptocurrency has faced is its vulnerability to possible hacking schemes. One can argue that there are major concerns about blockchain hackers taking – or planning to take – advantage of the fact that cryptocurrency doesn’t have enough protection yet to sustain itself, in case of a security breach that can cost millions.

Concerns on cybersecurity for data centers, in that case, seems to have spawned from cryptocurrency market’s promise of immense riches and overnight successes, to where anyone – including bad actors and hackers – will create an ever-growing threat in the cyber realm.

“One example of hacking of cryptocurrency was in January of 2018, when hackers were able to steal more than $500 million (or £380 million) worth of cryptocurrency from the Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck,” adds Barnard. “Thus, that story, to this day, serves as a warning to what can happen, if cryptocurrency is unchecked. And, this story has many people concerned about whether cryptocurrency is safe to invest in or not.”

Conclusion

As you can see, data centers will have to go above and beyond to better accommodate the growing trend of cryptocurrency. And, to do so, they’ll need a good functioning digital infrastructure, to handle blockchain systems and increasing data processing demands.

This need for the right data center infrastructure is also increasing, since blockchain is expected to greatly impact the following:

  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing
  • Medicine
  • Logistics
  • Other various industries 

Thus, it’s absolutely necessary for data center service providers to stay competitive, when it comes to such changes in technology, including blockchain. Ultimately, with an up-to-date infrastructure for blockchain to work on, data centers will be able to be sustainable, regardless of any changes and or developments made in the tech world for many years to come.

Author’s Bio: Katherine Rundell is a writer and editor at UK Writings and Academized. In her spare time, she likes to travel to different states, give special talks in various business training courses, read her favorite books (ranging in different genres).

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5 Best Crypto Movies To Learn Crypto From

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Bitcoin has been around for 10 years. As a result, there are many people who will keep tabs on it and cheer for its modern successes. So today, we want to celebrate along with crypto fans by bringing you a fun article about the topic.

If you thought that cryptocurrency is all business, business, business – well, in actuality, crypto has also made its way into cinema. Yes, in this article, we’ll show you the 5 best movies that involve Bitcoin, crypto, and blockchain. And, the good news is, you don’t have to read really long articles that talk about crypto, when you can watch a fun movie instead!

So if you want to gain a bigger understanding on what Bitcoin is, and why it’s so important in today’s world… or if you want to educate others on why Bitcoin is NOT something out of a science fiction movie (no pun intended), then check out these 5 great movies.

Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains And The Future Of The Internet (2020)

Cryptopia Bitcoin Blockchains and the Future of the InternetCryptopia is an ideal film for novice cryptocurrency people. So, if you’re a newbie in the crypto world, or want to brush up on your crypto skills, then check out this documentary. 

This film is a deep-dive into the crypto world, and it doesn’t shy away from explaining the good things about crypto, as well as the negative parts of it. Yes, crypto can be both a Godsend and a curse, depending on how you look at the narratives you’ll listen you in the documentary. In hindsight, the movie will explore the story of bitcoin, and how it has managed to evolve through the years with its ongoing promises that crypto is “the future.”

So, whether you’re a skeptic, or you want to learn more about crypto, you’ll get to see both sides of the debate – as a better alternative to regular currency in the future, or a financial disaster in the making. Either way, this documentary will answer any questions that you might have about crypto.

The Rise And Rise Of Bitcoin (2014)

The Rise and Rise of BitcoinEver wondered how cryptocurrency became a thing? Then check out The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin! The film covers the stories of some of the early adopters of Bitcoin, including Gavin Andresen who was famous for communicating directly with Satoshi Nakamoto to help him create better technology. (By the way, Nakamoto is mostly famous for authoring the Bitcoin white paper, and for devising the first blockchain database.

Overall, this movie was one of the major productions to cover the main points, in regards to how Bitcoin and its assets were created to begin with.

The Second Target (2019)

The Second TargetThe Second Target was written by Graham Holliday, and stars Athen Walton. The movie follows a group of local crypto thieves now having their eyes set on their latest target. They kidnap a detective they think is on their case, but end up kidnapping the wrong guy. To make matters worse, the son of the kidnapped man teams up with a stranger, and they plot to stop the thieves’ second heist and save the kidnapped man.

While you’ll be immersed in the action, you’ll be learning the basics of what crypto is.

Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain (2018)

Trust Machine understands that almost a decade has passed, since the crypto world has transformed things. Since its existence came to be, many different cryptocurrencies have been created, with a small percentage of them expected to stand the test of time after the dust settles. While some people are still skeptical about the concept of cryptocurrencies, there are some parts of the world where people actually use cryptocurrencies as a way to buy things. However, other places have faced significant problems, as a result of exchanging goods with crypto within the industry.

Crypto (2019)

Crypto MovieCrypto, despite its panning from critics, has garnered somewhat of a fanbase. With a stellar star cast like Alexis Bledel, Luke Hemsworth, and Jeremie Harris, it’s hard to not see this movie. And, with a thriving fanbase, this movie is not only for movie fans, but also for crypto fans. 

The story follows an anti-money laundering agent (Beau Knaff) who reunites with an old friend who’s now into mining cryptocurrency. Now, with a potato farm being on the verge of being repossessed, the two soon investigate a gallery, which may be tied into a multi-million-dollar money laundering scheme. 

It’s action-packed, and it has you cheering for the protagonists as you follow the story from beginning to end.

BONUS: Throwback Movie – Inside Job (2010)

Now, while the film doesn’t directly involve Bitcoin or blockchain, it’s a good appetizer for learning what they are. And, it’s a must-watch!

Inside Job covers the actions that made Bitcoin a household name in the first place. The movie sells the concept as a type of currency that can’t be manipulated, controlled, or corrupted by any government. 

However, the main topic of the documentary involves the late-2000s financial crisis. In 5 parts, the film will cover how changes in the policy environment and banking practices only added more fuel to the fire, rather than stop the crisis in its tracks. 

Critically acclaimed, and winning an Academy Award for Best Documentary, Inside Job will have you on the edge of your seat, as it takes you through the financial crash. All information in this documentary, as well as its controversial topic, are understandable for most audiences, regardless if you know about cryptocurrency or not. 

Conclusion

So, there you have it! That was our list of movies to check out, if you’re in the mood for learning about cryptocurrency. If you want to go down the rabbit hole about the topic, or if you’re in the mood for something different than your usual shows and movies, then head over to Netflix, online, or anywhere where movies are sold, and check out our picks on the best movies about crypto.

We hoped you enjoyed our list, and made it a movie night tonight! As you’ll see in these selected films, they’ll show you how cryptocurrency has changed people’s lives in so many ways than one, and has no plans of stopping. So, get out your popcorn, and take some good notes about crypto! 

Author Bio:

Kristin Herman is a writer and editor at Best essay writers. As a marketing writer, she blogs about the latest trends in digital marketing. In her spare time, she coaches up-and-coming marketers on how to perfect their advertising practices in the ever-evolving market.

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Cryptocurrency Market Wrap

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Bitcoin hits a new all-time high.

Bitcoin just hit a new all-time high, surpassing the last all-time high of $19,783.21 on Dec. 18, 2017.

According to coingecko Bitcoin hit $19,860 on Nov 30, 2020.


Bitcoin’s attracts Mainstream media

As bitcoin hits its new all-time high, the mainstream media, The New York Times steps forward to cover the news and calls this time the rise is very less of a bubble this time around.


Bitfinex hackers move 5000 BTC in the midst of new highs

The hackers of Bitfinex who stole 119,756 BTC back in August 2016 have just moved 5045 BTC, worth $97 Million, to various addresses as the bitcoin prices reach all-time high since 2017.

A total of 14 transactions were sent as caught by btcparser.com


Venezuelan army turns to Bitcoin mining operations to overcome the country’s failing economy.

“Digital Assets Production Center of the Bolivarian Army of Venezuela” was inaugurated by the Venezuelan army.


No power supply to crypto miners in Yunnan province.

According to the Chinese crypto reporter Colin Wu, most of the miners have reported  that the authorities have passed the orders to shut the power being supplied to the Crypto Miners in Yunnan, which happens to be the third largest mining province in china.


Winklevoss twins on CNBC said that bitcoin is Gold 2.0, and it could disrupt gold.  When BTC reaches Gold’s market cap of $9 trillion each BTC will be worth $500,000.


Michael Sonnenshein, managing partner at Grayscale, says many public companies are adding bitcoin to their balance sheet.

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